Go west: remote Irish hideaway with island and forest on for sale for £2.3m

Fancy getting away from it all? You won't get much more remote than this stunning 25-acre ocean-front estate in County Kerry

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As bolt holes go, this one is a cracker - and it could be yours for a mere £2.3m.

Nestled in a protected inlet of Kenmare Bay in County Kerry, south-west Ireland, the exclusive ocean-front retreat of Mermaid Isle features 4,000ft of private shoreline, a main house, natural harbour, guest cottage and forest.

Dolphins and seals, seabirds and otters are ever-present with dolphins playing in the sheltered inlets and seals basking on the rocks.

Dolphins and seals

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The barn-style main house has six bedrooms and three bathrooms and was built in 2001 from Californian Douglas Fir and features magnificent curved braces, medieval-style stuck frames and hand-cared oak pegs. Antique materials have been sourced from old churches and manor houses,
including French casement windows with stained glass from old churches,
reclaimed marble and limestone.

The light-filled, open-plan atrium is accessed via huge double doors and features Chinese slate tiling.

wooden house with double doors

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Off the atrium, the kitchen is charmingly rustic but, worry not, still features all mod cons, including stainless-steel range cooker, American-style fridge-freezer and dishwasher.

american style fridge freezer and dishwasher

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The west-wing sun room is currently used as a workshop-cum-studio - perfect for penning that bestselling novel.

workshop cum studio

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If six bedrooms proves to be a bit of a squash and squeeze, don't forget you've always got the guest cottage. Hidden away in woodland, it offers exposed stone walls and stunning views from every window and was originally a fisherman's cottage.

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Mermaid Isle is, say estate agents Engel & Volkers, 'a retreat for creative people and nature lovers and... those seeking a place to spark the imagination and reopen the senses. Enjoy the beauty of the scenery while reading a good book, enjoying a nice bottle of wine, take a bath in one of the two hot tubs overlooking the bay or simply relax during the sunset.'

You'll need to after shelling out your £2.3m.

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